Teen connected to Kiaya Campbell's death to appear in court

The Adams Count Coroner says it could be weeks before we know exactly how a 10-year-old girl died in Thornton last week.But we could see criminal charges as soon as today.

KUSA - The 15-year-old boy arrested in connection with the death of 10-year-old Kiaya Campbell will appear in juvenile court on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Adams Broomfield District Attorney's Office has not named the teen because he is a juvenile and he has not been formally charged. 

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Kiaya was reported missing on the night of June 7. Thornton Police tweeted about the girl's disappearance at 5:55 a.m. on June 8. An Amber Alert was issued at around 1:30 p.m. that same day.

A resident who had joined in on the search for the girl found her body at around 5:30 p.m. in the area of 128th Avenue and Jasmine Court – around two miles from where she was last seen.

Kiaya was reportedly visiting her father at his home on Forest Drive. He lives at the residence with his girlfriend and her twin teenage boys.

Neighbors told 9NEWS that police were often called to the home. 9NEWS requested records about how many times police have been there, but the request was denied as the records are a part of the homicide investigation.

The Department of Human Services is conducting a "Child Fatality Review" for Kiaya. Although she is not specifically named, documents say the department is looking into the death of a 10-year-old killed last week.

An investigation like this happens when human services becomes aware of what the state calls "an egregious incident of abuse," neglect, near fatality or fatality involving a child. In Kiaya's case, she was already known to social services before her death.

9NEWS is looking into the extent social services was involved in her life.

Monarch Montessori of Denver says Kiaya just finished her fifth grade year at the school a few weeks ago. There are grief counselors available to students.

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